36 days in Vancouver Island & Tobermory Itinerary

36 days in Vancouver Island & Tobermory Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Sidney
— 5 nights
2
Sooke
— 5 nights
3
Ucluelet
— 5 nights
4
Courtenay
— 7 nights
5
Tofino
— 7 nights
6
Tobermory
— 5 nights

5
nights
Sidney

Sidney ©
Sitting on the northeastern coast of Vancouver Island, the port town of Sidney serves as an important stop on several ferry and cruise-liner routes.
Take a break from the city and head to Inner Harbour and Victoria Butterfly Gardens. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scenic Marine Route and The Maritime Museum of British Columbia. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sidney: Victoria (Craigdarroch Castle, Abkhazi Garden, &more) and Cowichan Valley trail (in Lake Cowichan). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to The Butchart Gardens.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Sidney trip planner.

Toronto to Sidney is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Toronto to Sidney. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Toronto in July; daily highs in Sidney reach °C and lows reach °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Sooke.

Things to do in Sidney

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Victoria, Central Saanich, Cowichan Valley trail
Highlights from your plan
The Butchart Gardens ©
The Butchart Gardens
Scenic Marine Route ©
Scenic Marine Route
Inner Harbour ©
Inner Harbour

5
nights
Sooke

Sooke ©
Sooke is a district municipality situated on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Canada. Get in touch with nature at Sooke Potholes Provincial Park and East Sooke Regional Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to French Beach Provincial Park and Sombrio Beach. When in Sooke, make a side trip to see Goldstream Provincial Park in Langford, approximately Langford away. There's more to do: hike along Juan de Fuca Marine Trail.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Sooke trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Sidney to Sooke by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sidney in August: highs in Sooke hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ucluelet.

Things to do in Sooke

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Juan de Fuca Marine Trail, Sombrio Beach, Goldstream Provincial Park
Highlights from your plan
Sooke Potholes Provincial Park ©
Sooke Potholes Provincial Park
East Sooke Regional Park ©
East Sooke Regional Park
French Beach Provincial Park ©
French Beach Provincial Park

5
nights
Ucluelet

Ucluelet ©
A haven for surfers on Canada's west coast, the small town of Ucluelet offers rugged, rocky scenery to complement the powerful waves that crash against its shores.
Get some cultural insight at Amphitrite Point Lighthouse and Cedar House Gallery - Huu Mees Ma As. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kayaking & Canoeing and Hot Pursuit Salmon & Halibut Charters. Explore Ucluelet's surroundings by going to Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre (in Bamfield) and Port Alberni (Emerald Coast Vineyards & Cathedral Grove). There's much more to do: hike along Wild Pacific Trail, look for gifts at Image West Gifts, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Ucluelet trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Sooke to Ucluelet takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in August, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to Courtenay.

Things to do in Ucluelet

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Port Alberni, Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre
Highlights from your plan
Wild Pacific Trail ©
Wild Pacific Trail
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre
Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre

7
nights
Courtenay

Courtenay ©
Courtenay is a city on the east coast of Vancouver Island, in the Canadian province of British Columbia. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like I-Hos Gallery and Robert Held Art GLass. Step off the beaten path and head to Beach Front Park and Beaver Lodge Forest Land. Venture out of the city with trips to Campbell River (Holly Hill Farm & Dolphin & Whale Watching) and Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park (in Parksville). There's still lots to do: trek along Royston Seaside Trail, delve into the lush surroundings at Cape Scott Provincial Park, kick back and relax at Juan de Fuca Provincial Park, and walk around Kin Beach Provincial Park.

Plan a Courtenay trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Getting from Ucluelet to Courtenay by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Ucluelet in August, you will find days in Courtenay are a bit warmer (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Tofino.

Things to do in Courtenay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Vancouver Island, Campbell River, Parksville, Kin Beach Provincial Park, Royston Seaside Trail
Highlights from your plan
Juan de Fuca Provincial Park ©
Juan de Fuca Provincial Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching
I-Hos Gallery ©
I-Hos Gallery

7
nights
Tofino

Tofino ©
A tiny settlement on Vancouver Island's wild western coastline, surfers' favorite Tofino occupies a scenic location at the edge of Clayoquot Sound, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Explore hidden gems such as Schooner Cove and Roy Henry Vickers Gallery. Take a break from the city and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Pacific Rim National Park. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Clayoquot Sound, go for a walk through Tofino Botanical Gardens, kick back and relax at Long Beach, and stop by Mermaid Tales Bookshop.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tofino vacation planning website.

Drive from Courtenay to Tofino in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Courtenay, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Tofino, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tobermory.

Things to do in Tofino

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Rim National Park ©
Pacific Rim National Park
Schooner Cove ©
Schooner Cove
Dolphin & Whale Watching

5
nights
Tobermory

Tobermory ©
At the tip of Bruce Peninsula, little Tobermory is a big tourist destination for visitors interested in learning or perfecting their scuba diving skills.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Flowerpot Island Lighthouse and Golden Gallery Tobermory. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bruce Peninsula National Park and Flowerpot Island. Venture out of the city with trips to Sauble Beach (in Sauble Beach) and Killarney Provincial Park (in Killarney). Spend the 30th (Wed) exploring nature at Fathom Five National Marine Park. The adventure continues: Head underground at Greig's Caves, discover the deep blue sea with Divers Den, and don't miss a visit to The Grotto.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tobermory tour planning site.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Tofino to Tobermory takes 15.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Tofino to Tobermory is 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Tobermory

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Greig's Caves, Sauble Beach, Killarney Provincial Park
Highlights from your plan
Bruce Peninsula National Park ©
Bruce Peninsula National Park
Killarney Provincial Park ©
Killarney Provincial Park
Fathom Five National Marine Park ©
Fathom Five National Marine Park

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